South African bowling is the most challenging: Rohit Sharma

"It will be [Kagiso] Rabada, [Dale] Steyn, and one between [Vernon] Philander and [Morne] Morkel," quoted Rohit.

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Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Team India is all set to lock horns against South Africa in the coming couple of months. Over the last two seasons, they have extended their domination at home. And now, the Indian team would be eyeing domination in overseas conditions. Rohit Sharma, one of the key members of the side, recently spoke at length about what the Indian team expects from their opposition in the series.

The first Test match commences on January 6 at Cape Town. Team South Africa have their selection conundrums to worry about. Rohit Sharma feels that the South African team could field an extra all-rounder in the playing eleven. He also zeroed in Kagiso Rabada,  Vernon Philander, and Dale Steyn as premier bowlers in world cricket. He hailed the South African bowling as one of the most challenging ones.


“Their bowling attack is the most challenging [one] in the world right now. Any home team tends to put a lot of pressure on the touring side. It will be [Kagiso] Rabada, [Dale] Steyn, and one between [Vernon] Philander and [Morne] Morkel. They might play also an all-rounder like Chris Morris,” Rohit Sharma told Hindustan Times.

Steyn, AB to bag the limelight

Speaking further on the same note, Rohit Sharma reckoned that the comeback stars of the hosts would bag most of the limelight. He noted that AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn will have all eyes on them. Albeit it will not be easy for them to return, Rohit feels they are experienced enough to pose serious challenge to the Indian side.

“Steyn had a shoulder surgery, he is playing after almost an year… that is a long lay-off. (But) with his experience I do not think there will be a problem. Obviously, all eyes will be on him and de Villiers as they have not played much of late,” conceded Rohit.

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